Kid’s Book Review: Shine

Kid’s Book Review: Shine

About the Book, Author and Illustrator

Shine is a touching and heart-warming journey through a child’s worries and insecurities about being different.
When Kai is bullied for being too tall and having a unique scar under his eye, he begins to wish he was the same as everybody else.
With the help of his parents, can Kai learn that the things that make him different are the things that make him special, and let his own light shine through?
And will he be able to help his friends, when they share similar worries of their own to him?
With mindfulness activities for families to do together to build confidence and combat feelings of unworthiness.

Sarah Asuquo

Born and raised in the vibrant East End of London and in a Nigerian household, Sarah Asuquo thrives on culture and diversity. Her passion to help young people become the best they can be has led her to volunteer with charities supporting children and a career as an English Teacher.

Based in Washington, DC, Nadia Fisher is a self-taught artist and illustrator striving to normalize inclusion in children’s books and the illustration world. She wants children from all backgrounds to be able to see themselves in the books they read, and she hopes to instill a sense of confidence and joy in them as well. Nadia’s debut picture book, Daddy Dressed Me, written by Michael and Ava Gardner, released in March of 2023, followed by Daddy & Me, Side By Side, written by Pierce Freelon in May 2023

Book Review

it was great to have a book which showed children of different colours and religions as well as with disability

Zaki wanted to read this book after seeing the picture of a little boy on the cover. As he has just turned 4 years old, I needed to simplify the language to help him understand the concepts and message of the story. We spent time talking about what was happening in the pictures and then relating them to the story. The book was really good for helping us to think about what makes Zaki different and special.

Zaki’s favourite part of the story was when Kai said that Sam could play with him. We used this to talk about ways in which Zaki could invite children in nursery to join his play especially if they are alone or new.

From a parents perspective, it was great to have a book which showed children of different colours and religions as well as with disability (the girl in the wheelchair).

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Zaki
  • Age: 4 years
  • Likes: Swimming, Spiderman and banana pancakes
  • Dislikes: Bedtime
  • Favourite Movie: Minions
  • Favourite Song: Sleeping Bunnies
  • Favourite Book: Peace at Last by Jill Murphy